The New Mutants has gone down a bumpy road. Fans weren’t sure what to make of the X-Men superhero/horror hybrid when the first trailer dropped in October 2017. To comics fans, it didn’t look like the stories they remembered. The unfortunate flop Dark Phoenix brought a lot of doubt into fans’ minds, and rumors about what Disney’s acquisition of Fox would mean for the fledgling spin-off franchise began swirling. Many questioned whether the movie would ever see the light of day. Well, it’s been over two years since the first trailer was released. There have been lots of delays, but The New Mutants is finally almost here.
The film’s characters are based on the X-Men’s junior team, first introduced in 1982’s original graphic novel The New Mutants. The team later enjoyed its own ongoing series, which was revived in late 2019, and most of the characters have remained mainstays in the Marvel Comics universe ever since as members of other mutant teams and in some cases, even as Avengers.
With The New Mutants fast approaching and with its production woes proving to be more public than maybe the filmmakers and studio would like we thought it would be good to separate what we know from rumor. Here’s what we can tell you about the New Mutants release date, the cast, the plot, and a few others things we’re guessing you’re curious about.
Considering the uncertainty that’s surrounded the production of The New Mutants, we’re assuming it’s a bit of unintentional irony that the movie will finally hit theaters two days after April Fool’s Day Friday, April 3, 2020.
The first New Mutants trailer emerged in October 2017, announcing a release date of April 13, 2018, which would have put it on theater screens two weeks before Avengers: Infinity War. Yet, the latter film and its sequel 2019’s Avengers: Endgame would prove to be insanely successful pop culture landmarks without a hint of New Mutants anywhere in sight.
The New Mutants’ first delay pushed it back to February 2019, but in March 2018 a month before its original release date it was announced the film had been pushed back again to August 2019.
Finally, in May 2019, Disney announced The New Mutants would bring the X-Men’s junior team to the big screen on April 3, 2020… and that they really, really meant it this time.
Much speculation has surrounded The New Mutants’ massive delay, spending two years on the shelf in a market that has been more than kind to superhero movies. No one can blame you for wondering exactly why it’s taken so long to get Marvel’s younger mutants to the big screen. Make sure you watch this before you see The New Mutants.
Third time’s the charm | 1:12
Why the delay? | 2:18
The cast | 3:49
A new character? | 5:14
What’s the story? | 6:34
Searching for clues | 7:40
An MCU connection? | 9:19
The X-factor | 10:39
Straying from the source | 11:40
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